- October 1, 2016: Vol. 10, Number 09

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The great rift: Is Africa finally coming together for real estate investors

by James Buckley

As home to some of the world’s fastest-growing city economies, Africa, with its rapid rates of urbanisation and burgeoning middle classes, is now firmly on the radar of an ever-growing list of multinational corporations, hotel operators and property investors.

Sustained economic growth, favourable demographics and increased investment from domestic and international companies are fuel-ling accelerating demand for high-quality office and retail stock, particularly across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), much of which remains severely undersupplied with high-quality commercial real estate. The region’s economy has doubled over the past 15 years, driven not only by commodi-ties, resources and more stable governance but, increasingly, by growth in financial and business services and in consumer spending.

Growth potential recognised

According to JLL’s latest Emerging Beyond the Frontier report, it is the only region to have substantially increased its

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